5 Star Camping & Caravanning – All About The Best of British Holiday Parks Group!
As we enter our 30th anniversary year, we wanted to ensure you know who we are, what we do and what to expect when you visit us! We provide 5 star luxury touring and camping breaks at 45 locations across England, Scotland and Wales.
The Best of British Holiday Parks Group was set up 30 years ago, to showcase and highlight 5 star graded family owned holiday parks. They offer luxury touring/caravan holidays, as well as camping, glamping, lodges and holiday home ownership. We pride ourselves on our quality – our parks have all been independently verified as 5 star by their relevant Tourist Board (which varies by country) and/or the AA. Any AA 5 pennant ratings must meet the criteria of an 85% grading or above to qualify for Best of British membership.
So, what does a 5 star holiday park look like? Here are some things to expect when you visit our parks…
1. Exceptional Locations
Where to start, that’s the question! We specialise in both coastal and countryside holiday parks. So, whether you’re going for a beach break or an inland adventure, we have you covered. Let’s start with a view from one of the beaches close to Hidden Valley in Devon. Park owner Richard Legg takes photos regularly of the stunning local beaches (in all weathers, as the park is open all year round!).
If we move a little further along the coastline, we’ll reach Highlands End, which occupies a stunning position on the Jurassic Coastline of Dorset. With panoramic views, you’ll be able to see the sea from almost every pitch on site.
Whether you’re looking to paddle board, swim, go rock pooling or just wander the coastlines, we have something for everyone.
If you’d prefer a countryside break, full of nature, adventure and pretty towns and villages, we have many holiday parks to choose from. Nestled within the Cairngorms National Park, the impressive landscape surrounds caravans, motorhomes and tents at Blair Castle Caravan Park for a unique and peaceful stay.
Located in the shadow of the historic Blair Castle in the village of Blair Atholl, the park offers spectacular scenery combined with superb facilities, along with plenty of local amenities including places to eat, shops and visitor attractions.
Maybe you’d like to consider a countryside break to Oxfordshire. Swiss Farm Touring and Camping is perfect for visiting London, Windsor and Oxford. However, being set in 40 acres of landscaped grounds means it is in an idyllic countryside spot near Henley on Thames.
Take a look at all our countryside locations on our website.
2. A Friendly Welcome
You’ll be assured of a friendly welcome, regardless of which park you visit. While we encourage the parks to be different, the common thread running through them all is great customer service.
Here are some members of the team at Plassey Leisure Park in Wrexham. They’re a friendly bunch! You’re just as likely to see the owners working on site, in this case John and Sarah Brookshaw.
3. Superb Facilities
All the parks are 5 star rated, and with that comes high standards. The facilities blocks are well equipped, clean and they’ll meet all your needs while you’re away from home. Gone are the days of small blocks with basic facilities. Caravanning, camping and glamping come with a range of options nowadays! Over at Old Oaks in Glastonbury, their facilities have been described as like a 5 star hotel and we can see why!
We’re loving the new facilities block at Donkey Creek Farm in Lancashire! Perfect for any new touring and camping enthusiasts – fresh facilities and not too far to walk from your pitch.
4. Pitch Perfect
The range of pitches on offer at each park range from clifftop views to landscaped bays. You’ll be able to choose the pitch type and the services on site to ensure your caravan, motorhome or tent does indeed feel like a home away from home. These pitches at Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park in Somerset all have electrical hook ups and the park has a garden theme with pitches that offer privacy.
Each park offers different options for pitch type. All can accommodate motorhomes, but do check pitch sizing in advance if you have a supersize model!
5. Great For Holidays With Dogs
Almost every one of our holiday parks welcome dogs, which means your canine companion doesn’t need to be booked into kennels, they can come with you! Over the years, the options for dog owners have continued to improve and they get more and more innovative. From fenced dog walks, general dog walk areas and dog washes, it could be said that the dogs benefit from the 5 star facilities in the same way adults do!
Let’s take Oakdown Touring and Holiday Home Park in Devon as an example. There’s nothing a dog likes more (especially when they’re on holiday!) than getting out, exploring and free running. With that comes the danger of muddy paws in your caravan, motorhome or tent! Oakdown designed a bespoke dog wash named ‘Clean Paws’, which is equipped with a dog bath and a hot water shower and doggie hair dryer. It’s all free to use too, all part of the experience. The lighting in the hut is solar powered. Many of our parks have similar dog washes, so do make use of them after a long walk!
6. Adult Only Holiday Parks
We have a number of adult only peaceful and tranquil holiday parks for you to enjoy. If you prefer a park without children on site, we have options for you to consider.
Whether you’re looking for a shepherd hut, a private touring caravan pitch or a lodge holiday, we have great options for you. Our friends at Trethem Mill on the Roseland Peninsula recently changed from family friendly to an adult only park, to meet the demand in Cornwall. We recently welcomed Green Acres in Cumbria, a beautiful park dedicated to quiet holidays. We also have Old Oaks in Somerset (photo above). So, if you’d like a holiday that is child free, consider a Best of British Holiday Park.
7. Family Friendly Holiday Parks
Many of our holiday parks are child friendly! They welcome families (including their canine companions!) and have a selection of facilities for family fun. Let’s take Hendra Holiday Park in Cornwall as an example. They celebrated their 50th year of family ownership in Newquay last year. The facilities are plentiful!
There’s plenty to do for all ages, whether it’s using the Oasis Fun Pools, with 3 waterslides, river rapids, toddler pool and geysers. The outdoor pool is open from spring bank holiday til the August bank holiday. For younger children, there’s a children’s play area, a pirate play ship, a skate and scooter park, indoor amusements and indoor soft play. Small ones will love getting to meet Henry and Henrietta, the resident hippos, in the mornings on the Hendra Safari train.
So, there’s plenty of fun to be had!
8. Unique Accommodation
Are you looking for something a little different in your holiday accommodation? Maybe you aren’t staying in a caravan, maybe you’re looking to make the leap from sleeping under canvas in a tent, to glamping. You might want to consider a shepherd hut at South Lytchett Manor, a safari tent at Concierge Camping, a barrel lodge at Oakdown or perhaps… an earth lodge at Townsend Touring Park in Herefordshire.
The earth lodges blend into the countryside and from a distance, you would have difficulty noticing them. Our aim is to provide you with options you may not otherwise have considered for unique holiday accommodation!
We hope you enjoyed our whistlestop tour into some of the best caravan and camping parks in England, Scotland and Wales!